<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usTue, 17 Oct 2017 21:05:50 -0700Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:05:50 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Blast Rattles City Heights Neighborhood]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:44:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/36th-Street-City-Heights-Explosion-101717.jpg

An explosion rocked a neighborhood in City Heights Tuesday morning and prompted an investigation by San Diego Fire-Rescue and San Diego police officials.

A loud sound startled residents just before 7 a.m. in the area of 36th Street near University Avenue.

"It shook the floor. It was something big. Boom!" said Robert Rodriguez. He's lived in his home for 20 years and never experienced anything like this.

The blast set three bushes on fire.

He said he grabbed a fire extinguisher and helped other residents put the fire out.

The explosion as so loud it set off car alarms in the neighborhood, according to John Wood, Bomb Squad Commander with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Wood said no one was hurt and there was damage to one fence and one car.

"Nothing is leading us to believe that it was very sophisticated or anything like that,” Wood said of the explosive device.

Another resident who identified himself as Gary said it’s not uncommon to see vandalism and fires in the neighborhood.

“I’m just happy that nothing really got damaged,” the man told NBC 7. 

The bomb squad commander wants to remind the public that with low humidity and high temperatures, the fire danger is elevated. 

“Even if it’s somebody experimenting, just goofing off – this is not the time to do it," he said. "It has severe consequences."

The location of the neighborhood is east of Interstate 805 and west of State Route 15.

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<![CDATA[Man Wanted for Sexually Battering 15-Year-Old: PD]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:06:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10-17-17-Mira+Mesa+Sexual+Battery+Sketch.jpg

San Diego police are looking for a suspect who walked up to a 15-year-old girl walking alone to school and sexually battered her. 

The incident happened on Thursday, Oct. 12 at approximately 6:35 a.m. when a 15-year-old victim was walking down the 8800 block of Hillery Drive. 

The victim, walking from her house to Mira Mesa High School, was approached by a suspect from behind, police said. 

The suspect started talking to the victim as she was walking. 

Shortly after the conversation started, he sexually battered her, police said. 

The suspect fled the area on foot. He was last seen walking southbound through a residential complex along the 8800 block of Hillery Drive. 

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. He is described as a man approximately 42 years old. He was described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall with a normal build and short, dark-colored hair. The man was last seen wearing a light blue short sleeved shirt and baggie blue jeans. He spoke with a thick Spanish accent. 

Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspect should call SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and mobile app messages can be sent in by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[Map Shows Location of Hepatitis A Cases in San Diego County]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:05:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/185*120/San-Diego-Hepatitis-A-Cases-Map-101717.jpg

San Diego County officials have released a map showing the confirmed Hepatitis A cases by zip code. 

The information allows residents to see the impact of the Hepatitis A outbreak in their community.

See a larger view of the map here.

As of October 17, there have been 507 confirmed cases of Hep A in the county since Nov. 2016. Nineteen of those cases have been deadly. County officials said 351 people have been hospitalized as a result of the virus. 

Downtown San Diego (92101) has the highest number of confirmed cases at 81. An additional 81 cases are listed as "Unknown Zip Code."

El Cajon's 92020 area has the second-highest number of Hepatitis A confirmed cases with 29.

The zip code 92113 (Logan Heights to Lincoln Park) has 28 confirmed cases.

And the area of Mission Valley north of Interstate 8 to Grantville (92108) has 17 confirmed cases, according to the county map. 

NBC 7 has been requesting specific information regarding the location of confirmed Hepatitis A cases since San Diego County officials declared a health emergency at the beginning of September. 

Initially, county spokesperson Mike Workman declined to release the information because it contained "too much protected info." 

On Friday, Councilmember Chris Ward, whose Council District 3 includes downtown, Little Italy and Balboa Park, stood with local officials outside the County Administration Building and demanded the data from the county including real-time data about the number of hepatitis A cases and zip codes of where the cases are reported.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

<![CDATA[84-Year-Old Died After Falling Out of Transport Van in Poway]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:12:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Medical+Examiner+Generic+2.JPG

An 84-year-old woman died after falling out of a transport van and the driver was injured, when the vehicle rolled away from the Mountain Vista Sunshine Care Assisted Living Facility.

On Friday, Oct. 13, Rose Heames was found lying just outside of the transport van, by an opened passenger's door on the ground. The incident happened just before 4 p.m. on Monte Vista Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The driver, who works for Sunshine Care, had parked a transport van in the driveway of the facility while returning to the facility with several elderly patients. She opened the passenger's door so they could get out of the vehicle, said deputies.

Then, the driver got out from the driver's side and walked around the van so she could help her passengers exit. But she may have forgotten to shift the gears to "park" and left the emergency brake off, said deputies.

As she walked toward the passengers, the van started rolling backward down the driveway. Panicked, she rushed back to the driver's door, trying to get back into the van.

While attempting to climb back in, the driver was knocked down and pinned under the left front wheel of the van. Deputies said she was dragged as the van rolled backward.

The van struck several trees on its rear and a couple side doors, before rolling to a stop. Deputies said Heams was found lying motionless outside the van.

Both the driver and the passenger were taken to nearby hospitals. The driver had injuries on her right leg and knee.

Heames suffered multiple injuries and was taken to Palomar Medical Center. Paramedics later pronounced her dead in the ICU, said Medical Examiner officials. Deputies said she passed away on Oct. 14.

No other people were injured in the accident. The Poway Sheriff's Traffic Division is investigating the incident.

<![CDATA[Why San Diego Could Be Home to Amazon 'HQ 2']]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:41:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San_Diego_in_Bid_for_Location_to_Host_New_Amazon_HQ.jpg

More than 100 cities are vying to welcome the second Amazon headquarters and San Diego leaders believe our region has an edge over the competition.

The City of San Diego is offering a site in Mission Valley as one of the possible locations for the new Amazon headquarters, known as HQ 2.

San Diego's Regional Economic Development Corporation identified four potential sites to house the development.

They include a site in Mission Valley, a few locations in downtown, the Milennia development in Chula Vista and the Frontera Business Park by the U.S.-Mexico border.

Some of the sites are publicly owned. Officials believe each offers various incentives to Amazon to put their headquarters here.

Amazon says it will build a $5 billion dollar facility that will eventually create 50,000 jobs with average annual salaries of $100,000.

Amazon wants sustainable development, a high quality of life and universities to develop employees.

That's where local leaders believe San Diego already has an edge.

Christina Bibler is Business Expansion, Attraction and Retention Manager with the City of San Diego. She said Amazon is expanding their presence in Sorrento Valley.

“They already know the talent that they want. They've chosen to be here,” Bibler said. “This is just broadening that decision.”

UC San Diego graduates more Computer Science and Engineering students than Stanford and Berkeley combined, Bibler added.

Amazon says they'll make their final decision sometime in 2018.

Amazon is considered one of the world's most innovative companies, revolutionizing shopping, buying grocery stores and developing artificial intelligence.

<![CDATA[SDSU 'Super Fan' Tom Ables Dies at 91]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:01:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/SDSU-Logo-Aztecs-85422988.jpg

A man who supported San Diego State University for decades and was named one of the nation’s top college football fans by ESPN has died.

Tom Ables died Monday after having just attended his 788th Aztecs football game, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Ables, 91, died at Scripps Mercy Hospital, the same place he was born.

Third on ESPN’s 2010 list of college football super fans, Ables backed his beloved Aztecs ever since he enrolled at San Diego State College in 1946.

He started going to football games when he was the sports editor for the school newspaper.

Later he wrote a book about the school's football program called "Go Aztecs!".

SDSU head football coach Rocky Long told the Union-Tribune that Ables spent a lot of time with the team on the sidelines and in the locker room and that all the players were introduced to him.

“To me, whether you're up or down, they're my guys, you know?" he told the SDSU Newscenter in August 2013.

“I want people to appreciate the value of Aztec football as something to follow and appreciate win or lose," he said.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Shuts Down Busy Santee Intersection]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:45:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/10-17-17-Santee+Mission+Gorge+Road+Intersection.JPG

A ruptured 16-inch recycled water pipeline has shut down a busy Santee intersection as crews work to repair the damage. 

Authorities closed Mission Gorge Road at Fanita Road Tuesday evening around 7 p.m. when a pipeline broke, leaving water flooding the intersection. 

Roughly 240 recycle water customers will be without water for a period of time until the pipeline is repaired, according to Melissa McChesney, a communications officer at the Padre Dam Water District. 

Recycled water is used for irrigation and outdoor purposes, McChesney said, and not for things like drinking, showering or cooking. 

Crews will begin digging up the road to determine the extent of the damage. 

No further information is available. 

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<![CDATA[CA Fires Reignite Concerns about Power Lines in San Diego]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:37:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Power_Lines_May_Pose_Threat_in_Wildfire_Season.jpg

The deadly wildfires in Northern California, along with San Diego's hot, dry weather, have many concerned about another major wildfire in the county.

Sparking power lines led to the devastating 2007 wildfires, and now investigators are looking into whether they played a role in the wine country fires.

SDG&E has taken a number of steps over the last ten years to make its lines more fire-safe, the company says.

Ten thousand wood power poles have been replaced with steel poles. Thousands of power lines have also been relocated underground.

SDG&E also has a team of arborists, who inspect the 460,000 trees near their power poles.

“And where they see problems, we have 80 tree-trimming crews who then come in and trim back trees, remove brush, make sure that we have defensible space around our power lines," said SDG&E spokesperson Colleen Windsor,

Windsor said the change that has probably made the biggest difference in their ability to be better prepared for wildfires is the creation of SDG&E’s Weather Network.

The network consists of more than 170 weather stations that measure humidity, wind speed and temperature. That information is then shared with fire departments throughout the region.

“Giving them that situational awareness, so they not only up-staff, but where should we put crews in advance in case something happens so that they can jump on that. Because, of course, time, is of the essence when it comes to fires,” Windsor said.

<![CDATA[Deadline to Complete Border Wall Prototypes Fast Approaching]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:00:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Aerial_View_Shows_Border_Wall_Prototypes_1200x675_1070604355540.jpg

The deadline to complete the border wall prototypes is fast approaching with only eight days left.

Five of the eight prototypes are now standing. Four of the prototypes are made of concrete. The other four are made of steel and other material.

NBC 7 revisited the site to get a progress report on the current progress of each prototype. The site is in the middle of nowhere – about two miles east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and approximately 50 yards from Mexico.

Six construction companies were given eight contracts. Two of them were given two contracts; one for a concrete prototype and one for a prototype built by a different material.

At this stage, the construction companies have not given out details about what technologies their prototypes have. But U.S. Border Patrol agents explained how the prototypes will be more efficient than the current wall.

“Prototypes are going to make our jobs easier and more efficient,” said U.S. Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Olmos. "We’re trying to modernize what we have at this time.”

All the prototypes must have specific characteristics which include: anti-climbing features, anti-digging features, a height requirement between 18 to 30 feet, the ability to blend in with surroundings and the ability to withstand a 30-minute attack with anything from sledgehammers to household tools.

Right now the 60-mile stretch U.S. Border Patrol Agents monitor along the San Diego border has a primary wall built in 1991. It uses landing mat material from the Vietnam Era. There is also a secondary wall made from steel mesh.

The construction companies have until Oct. 26 to finish the prototypes.

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<![CDATA[1 Killed in Crash on SR-94 Off-Ramp Crash in Lemon Grove]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:37:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic24.jpg

One person was killed when two cars and a tow truck collided on a State Route 94 off-ramp in Lemon Grove, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said. 

The crash happened on the westbound SR-94 off-ramp near Lemon Grove Avenue at approximately 5:54 p.m. 

It is unclear exactly what happened. Two cars and a tow truck somehow collided and crashed on the ramp, CHP officials said. 

One person died in the crash. 

The ramp has been shut down for the investigation. 

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Mayor Pledges to Fix 1,000-Miles of Street by 2020]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:50:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/A_Closer_Look_at_City_s_Problem_with_Potholes.jpg

At a San Diego City Council meeting Monday, auditors gave a detailed report on the status of Mayor Kevin Faulconer's pledge to fix 1,000-miles of streets by 2020.

In a previous study, San Diego's roads were ranked the eighth roughest in the nation, costing drivers more than $800 annually.

According to the Monday's report from the City Auditor, although the city employs qualified Resident Engineers and tests material before re-paving roads, there are still several things it could improve on.

The report listed off five points for the city needs to make changes to:

  • Quality management does not require contractors to have a well-defined quality control plan to document repaving meet city specifications
  • Contractor and Resident Engineers are not required to record key activities about the quality of their work
  • With no record of these key activities, the City cannot ensure the street meets its specifications
  • Resident Engineers' inspections are limited to on-site observations
  • Lack of recorded information means the city can't evaluate the quality control process.

The Office of the City Auditor is recommending a stronger quality control plan that includes contractors and Resident Engineers. It's also calling to pinpoint repaved blocks that did not perform as expected as a way to troubleshoot the cause of road deterioration.

<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Mission Valley Hotel Homicide, Year Later: PD]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:49:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kings+Inn+Mission+Valley+Hotel+Circle+Drive+Google+Maps+Image.jpg

San Diego police have arrested a man wanted for fatally stabbing a victim outside a Mission Valley hotel, more than a year after the homicide. 

Michael Bernard Nichols, 30, a San Diego resident originally from Gary, Indiana, was found stabbed on a sidewalk in the 1300 block of Hotel Circle South on June 19, 2016. The sidewalk is near Kings Inn in Mission Valley, near Interstate 8. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

SDPD Homicide detectives responded to the scene and launched an investigation. 

Detectives identified 33-year-old Calvin DeVaughn Hobby as a suspect in the homicide. 

SDPD Homicide detectives worked with the San Diego County District Attorney's office to obtain an arrest warrant for one count of murder. 

On Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Service found Hobby in Rochester, NY, and took him into custody for the warrant. Hobby is awaiting extradition. He will be brought back to San Diego to face charges. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Putin Rival Ties Kushner Meeting to Kremlin Bankers]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:15:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-821582108.jpg

A prominent exiled Russian oligarch said in an exclusive interview with NBC News that he is nearly certain Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to collaborate with the Trump campaign, and that he believes a top Russian banker was not "acting on his own behalf" when he held a controversial meeting with Jared Kushner last December.

The pointed remarks come from a longtime Putin rival, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an oil executive who was Russia's richest man before he was imprisoned and exiled by the Kremlin.

"I am almost convinced that Putin's people have tried to influence the U.S. election in some way," Khodorkovsky told MSNBC’s Ari Melber in his first U.S. television interview since Trump took office.

Khodorkovsky says he believes the likelihood that Putin "personally" tried to cooperate with the Trump campaign to affect the election is a "9 out of 10."

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<![CDATA[1 Dead After Motorcycle, Semi-Truck Collide in Dulzura: CHP]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:53:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/216*120/10-17-17-Dulzura+Fatal+Camp+Road+SR+94.JPG

One person died after a crash between a motorcycle and a semi truck on State Route 94, California Highway Patrol officials said. 

The crash happened at 12:17 p.m. Tuesday on Campo Road near Dutchman Canyon Road. The location is southeast of the City of San Diego, south of Jamul and north of the U.S.-Mexico Border. 

A motorcycle and semi-truck collided on the two-lane road, CHP officials said. The details of what happened are unclear. 

Firefighters responded to the scene. One person was pronounced dead on scene. 

Westbound lanes on Camp Road have been shut down as officials investigate. 

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[SDUSD Poorly Maintained Drains, Causing Flooding: Suit]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:01:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10-17-17-Allied+Gardens+flooding.JPG

An Allied Gardens woman is suing the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) for at least $500,000 after rainstorms in January and February led to property damage at her home on Keighley Street.

Donna Nuss-Rick and her attorney allege the school district was negligent in maintaining a storm drain that clogged, causing a mudflow into Nuss-Rick’s backyard and home. Her next door neighbor is also part of the lawsuit seeking $50,000 in property damage.

“It was like a waterfall. The entire back brick wall was just like a waterfall and I was just shocked,” said Nuss-Rick.

Her backyard is up against a large dirt bank. Lewis Middle School is located at the top of the bank.

The lawsuit, filed on October 10, claims a drain on playing fields at the school was not adequately maintained and led to the damage.

Nuss-Rick says the damage came after two rainstorms. In January 2017, heavy rain caused mud from the school district-maintained bank to flow into her yard.

A month later, after a February rainstorm, it happened again. But this time, she says three feet of mud flowed into her swimming pool and water and mud inundated her home.

“It was literally just like lava, straight into the kitchen,” said Nuss-Rick.

“The school district was negligent in maintaining their property causing this issue,” said attorney Patrick E. Catalano.

According to the lawsuit, Nuss-Rick’s home “was severely damaged, including but not limited to by water intrusion into the house which damaged flooring and walls, by mudflows covering and ruining appurtenant structures.”

While the legal case plays out, Nuss-Rick says she is worried what future rains could bring.

“I am absolutely terrified of any rain, even the little sprinkle rain that we had this summer, that raises that anxiety level for me, what's going to give way give way this time,” said Nuss-Rick.

A spokesperson for the school district would not comment on the lawsuit because the case is currently being litigated.

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<![CDATA[Drone Video of Border Wall Prototypes]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:43:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BorderDroneVideo_1200x675_1075433539652.jpg

NBC 7 DroneRanger captured video of the construction of the border wall prototypes south of San Diego along the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

<![CDATA[Explosion Sparks Fire, Domestic Violence Suspected: SDPD]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:35:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mira+Mesa+Fire.JPG

A small explosion sparked a fire while police responded to an alleged domestic violence incident in Mira Mesa, and the suspect has barricaded himself inside, confirmed San Diego police.

Officers responded to reports of suspected domestic violence around 10 a.m. on Caminito Obra and Flanders Drive on Tuesday, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

They noticed liquid draining from the water heater and caught a whiff of gas, said SDPD officer Billy Hernandez. That's when they heard a small boom and a fire broke out.

A few SDFD fire trucks were dispatched to the area. Several firefighters gathered at the house.

The Metro Arson Strike Team (MAST) is currently headed to the scene, said Hernandez. There was also one person transported to the UC San Diego Medical Center.

The suspect has hidden inside a storage room.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Sparks in Canyon Near School]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:34:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDFD-Generic-Garske-2.jpg

A brush fire broke out Tuesday in a canyon behind a school, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The flames broke out just after 10 a.m. by Sterling Court and 50th Street.

What appeared to be cigarettes or some other smoking material was found where the fire started behind John Marshall Academy, fire officials said.

The fire scorched a 10-foot square area. 

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Fires Burning on Camp Pendleton]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:23:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Camp-Pendleton-Fires-October-2017.jpg

A fire broke out at Camp Pendleton in the late afternoon Monday, in the Whiskey impact Area of the base.

The blaze sparked around 4:35 p.m., said a spokesperson for Camp Pendleton. Currently, the flames are not threatening any structures.

The North County Fire Protection District posted a note on social media saying the active fire was being monitored by Camp Pendleton firefighters and does not pose any threat to neighboring communities.

The Camp Pendleton Fire Department updated Facebook followers Monday night saying there were two fires - one in a training area and a second in the Horno area that burned over the weekend.

"Smoke may be visible from quite a distance," the post reads. 

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<![CDATA[Quartyard's New Lease on Life]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:34:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Quartyard+audience.jpg

In August, we reported on Quartyard’s nail-biter of a position: one final public hearing to determine the fate of East Village’s popular beer garden and music venue. Now, supporters can all breathe a sigh of relief, because #YourCityBlock will be up and running before you know it.

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Quartyard will hold its Groundbreaking celebration at its new location: 1301 Market St. Featuring keynote speakers, cold brew from Seahorse Coffee, music, snacks, drinks and dogs, the event is open to the public and free with RSVP.

The Groundbreaking party marks the end of a tumultuous year for the unique venue, which has gone back and forth with the city and downtown developers regarding a lease renewal. Luckily, its freight container design was intended for some amount of mobility and impermanence, which is why this was all able to happen in a matter of months.

The new location is considerably smaller than the previous location just down the street -- which is not necessarily a bad thing. A more intimate venue can make for more of a community feel and, most importantly, a better concert experience. Let’s just hope the full bar, food, outdoor games, dog park and giant stage carry over to the new Quartyard.

RSVP for Quartyard: Groundbreaking here. The celebration takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rutger Rosenborg was almost a Stanford poet-neuroscientist before he formed Ed Ghost Tucker. Whoops. He now fronts the Lulls and makes music on his own when he's not writing. Follow his updates on Facebook or contact him directly.

<![CDATA[Fire Evacuees Link Up With Homeowners With Space to Spare]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:25:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/North-Bay-fires-Noreen-EM.jpg

By the time the two evacuees from California's North Bay wildfires reached Ronit Rubinoff's house in Sebastopol Sunday morning, the women had slept in their car in a grocery store parking lot, put up at an animal shelter and bunked with strangers.

It would have been a harrowing experience for most anyone. But the six days were exceptionally tough for 72-year-old Deborah Sawyer and 86-year-old Mildred Liles.

"I didn't have any place to go," Sawyer said Monday afternoon.

For now, they can stay with Rubinoff through a quickly arranged emergency house-sharing program in Sonoma County, which is pairing those left homeless by the fires with those who have rooms to spare.

The program had already made 75 matches over the weekend and was amassing piles of applications as fast as volunteers could fill them out.

Five hundred homes were available from people throughout the area, up and down the California coast and elsewhere across the county, outnumbering the families who had so far sought shelter.

Someone called to offer a campground, and that's where 22 members of the Huntington Fire Department who arrived to help will stay.

"It's very rewarding," said Amy Appleton, the executive director of SHARE Sonoma County, the permanent house-share program for older residents on which she based the emergency one. "We are genuinely helping people who are severely traumatized. You're trying to give them some sense of stability while they try to figure things out."

The deadliest wildfires in California history, which have been burning for more than a week, killed at least 41 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes. About 34,000 people remained under evacuation Tuesday, down from 40,000 on Monday.

Housing was already in short supply in hard hit Sonoma County, where rental vacancy rates fell from 5.8 percent in 2011 to 1.8 percent in 2015, and homeowner vacancy rates dropped from 2.2 percent to 1 percent. The county grew by 30,000 people between 2006 and 2015, but added only about 11,000 housing units.

Across California the statistics aren't more forgiving. One research company, Beacon Economics, found that in 2014, California ranked 49th in the country in homeownership and was last in affordability.

The Sonoma County SHARE program is meant to keep older homeowners in their homes by finding younger tenants who can help cover the costs of utility bills or mortgages. The emergency program will draw on that model by helping the evacuees to find the services they need, and it is already setting up a corps of volunteers to make weekly calls to ensure the shares are working smoothly.

"It's hard to live with anybody in any kind of situation, even harder when they're stressed," said Elece Hempel, the executive director of Petaluma People Services Center, where the program is based.

Outside The Press Democrat building in Santa Rosa over the weekend, where a relief center had been set up, lines stretched of people waiting to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other state and local agencies.

Jane Matthew and her husband were among them, their house in Santa Rosa destroyed in the flames. They and her 91-year-old mother are staying with their son but need somewhere more permanent nearby and were considering trying the home-sharing program for help.

"We literally only had five minutes to get out," she said. "Smoke was everywhere. We got an emergency call to leave because we had a landline. If we haven't got the landline — anybody who had a cellphone in the neighborhood did not get that phone call."

Matthew, 58, who runs a daycare center for the Santa Rosa schools, has already visited some of the children in the shelters and knows how traumatized they are. She said one told her, "My house blew up."

"I want to get back to work," Matthew said.

Rubinoff, 52, who is the executive director for Legal Aid of Sonoma County, had spent a day at the relief center answering legal questions and was already foreseeing problems with renters facing price gouging and efforts to push them out of their homes.

"We're expecting a big spike in renter-related issues," she said.

Kayaks lined her driveway, emptied out of the house to make room for Sawyer and Liles. She is turning over her bedroom to them and will sleep in another room or camp out in her backyard.

"It seems like everybody I know has someone in their house, and it's the right thing to do," she said. "How can one sit in one's house with all this room when there are people sleeping in campsites and shelters? It's unconscionable."

Tautuiki Uluilakepa and his family had been staying at a shelter in a high school in Sebastopol, but it was closing and they needed a new place quickly. Meanwhile, 68-year-old Steve Kay had watched the disaster unfold and had wondered what he could do. On Sunday, he was offering three bedrooms in his home in Petaluma to Uluilakepa, his wife, who is a caregiver for the elderly, their 19-year-old son and an older man who lives with them.

"This is just so heart-rending for everybody who lost their homes in this tragedy, and because I have three bedrooms I really wanted to see if I could keep a family intact," Kay said. "The worst thing is to have people separated for any length of time."

Kay, the author of a marketing and business newsletter for the U.S. meat industry, is originally from New Zealand. Uluilakepa, a self-employed mason who built a patio and retaining wall at the house he had rented in the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, is from Tonga. When they met, the men drew on their shared connection to the South Pacific.

"I already know we don't have anything left," Uluilakepa said. "I didn't know I already had a brother here."

Uluilakepa had woken his family when he smelled the smoke and hurried them out of the house, even as the older man resisted leaving.

"I tell him, 'You better listen to me,'" Uluilakepa said. "I said, 'Right now, we have to go.'"

They drove south to Rohnert Park and waited until daylight, when Uluilakepa returned by himself to see that they had lost everything.

"You're thinking about the next day, what is your next move, where are you going?" Uluilakepa said.

Sawyer and Liles had their own frightening escape from their mobile home retirement community, The Orchard. They fled when a neighbor rang the doorbell to warn them to leave.

"I looked behind him and there was a fire," Sawyer said. Sawyer helped Liles dress and they fled without their medications, driving for an hour before Sawyer became too tired to go further and pulled into the parking lot of a Raley's supermarket. They slept in their car for three nights before finding room at an animal shelter with other people, plus goats, horses, burros and dogs.

At one point, looking for a temporary shelter at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Sawyer almost drove through a barricade and hit a police officer. He found another officer to drive them to safety.

"People were just completely wonderful, giving us shelter and help, taking care of us," Sawyer said.

Sawyer and Liles have been together for 40 years and married four years ago. Sawyer worked as a postal worker for 20 years, Liles is a retired high school teacher and a U.S. Army veteran, and they moved to The Orchard from Monte Rio along the Russian River. Their mobile park was badly damaged but their home is standing, and Sawyer wants to return.

"Tragedies and disasters bring people together," Kay said. "That's why we're in this world, to help each other."

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<![CDATA[Power Company Identifies 8 Electrical Failures in California Firestorm]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:01:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10162017NBayFire_448424.JPG

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials revealed Monday that they have officially notified California regulators of eight separate electric equipment failures in the recent North Bay firestorm – but declined to detail what triggered them.

“Since Sunday’s windstorm, the company has submitted eight electric incident reports related to damaged facilities to the CPUC,’’ the company said in a statement late Monday, which stresses the utility will “support and assist with the review of these wildfires by the appropriate regulatory agencies…”

PG&E referred questions about those reports, however, to state regulators, who did not respond to several requests for details made by NBC Bay Area.

The eight incidents – now being probed by state regulators as well as Cal Fire – are relevant given that the CPUC has long been grappling with a particular fire-safety threat posed from the state’s 4.2 million power poles.

Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker said Monday that regulators are not able to even determine some basic information about those utility poles, including the nearly 2 million maintained by PG&E.

“Where is the pole?” Picker said in outlining the many unanswered questions about the state’s electrical infrastructure. “Who owns the pole, What’s on it? What’s the condition of the pole?”

The commission has begun the task of trying to overcome the information gap to create a centralized database. Meanwhile, regulators have been sounding the alarm about those unknowns.

“Pole problems and violations will cause serious injuries to the public and damage to properties,” one regulator stressed during a briefing to the Public Utilities Commission.

One danger is that poles can rot from the inside out, said Fadi Daye, a supervisor with the commission’s Electric Safety and Reliability Branch, during the commission briefing in May of last year.

Another, Daye told the commission, is that poles can be overloaded with unaccounted for gear, weighing them down.

“That’s a lot of weight, it can act as a sail on a pole in a windy area,” said Picker, who is overseeing regulatory proceedings related to power pole data.

Overloaded poles can snap, causing lines to break and spark. That is what happened with an Edison utility pole in the Canyon Fire in Malibu in October 2007, a fire fueled by the same kind of high winds that whipped through the North Bay.

But in a response to fact finding questions from regulators, PG&E had trouble accounting for exactly what is on power poles, telling regulators this year: “Complete information on all attachments and equipment on poles is unattainable so long as joint owners are not required to provide all parties information on attachment and equipment installations.”

In a statement late Monday, the company said it welcomes any effort to track what equipment is on its power poles as a way to “enhance public safety and reliability of utility service.” PG&E went on to say, “With our constant focus on the safety of the public and our workforce, we share a commitment with the Commission and all California energy companies to ensure the ongoing safety of our infrastructure.”

Mark Toney, executive director for the ratepayer advocacy group, TURN, says it is too early to say whether power poles are to blame for the recent fires, but the risk is real.

“We just don’t know,” Toney said Monday. “What we do know is pole safety is incredibly critical right now and that the state and all the utility companies, both the telephone and the energy companies need to work together to make sure we have safer poles all throughout California."

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<![CDATA[What to Expect at December Nights 2017]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:36:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/December-Nights-2016-9.jpg

It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit: Balboa Park will once again host its famous December Nights event, which will be here in just six short weeks.

The 40th edition of the holiday spectacular will return to the park on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. More than 350,000 visitors are expected at the two-day event, which includes free admission to Balboa Park museums from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

With lights illuminating buildings and pathways, delicious food, street vendors, and performances by dancers, musicians and actors, December Nights will be a full-sensory experience.

Beloved traditions, such as the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages, as well as presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre and the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, are a couple of highlights.

“All of our cottages will be open and serving ethnic foods from their countries,” Mel Weekly, member of the executive board of the House of Pacific Relations Cottages, told NBC 7. “All the different countries will also be serving some of their favorite spirits from their cultures. The house of England will serve different English Ales, for example. So it will be a mixture of cultural spirits and foods.”

As more cottages are in the process of being built, several countries – like Peru – will be offering food and drinks in pop -up canopies set up for the occasion, Weekly added.

Arriving early and using the trolley to get to the event are a couple of best practices when it comes to enjoying the event, Weekly said.

December Nights started in 1978 as part of Christmas on the Prado in Balboa Park, a small holiday celebration put together by a dozen institutions along El Prado. The crowds and event grew over the decades and, in 2002, it was renamed December Nights.

For more information on December Nights 2017, visit the event website.

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<![CDATA[Power Disconnected for Thousands of SDG&E Customers: Report]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:03:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdge+generic.JPG

San Diego Gas & Electric shut off power to almost 9,000 customers during a three-month period in 2016, according to documents supplied by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Those customers did not pay their bills and documents obtained by NBC 7 reveal that it's a growing problem, state-wide.

Disconnects at SDG&E, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) have been trending up since 2012, according to CPUC documents. Service disruptions for non-payment are less of a problem for customers of Southern California Gas.

The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition says the disconnects are a sign of a fragile economy, for the poor and middle class.

President Donald Trump's 2018 budget also deleted a program that helps the poorest Americans pay their energy bills.

Congress could restore the "Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program," but has not done so yet.

SDG&E confirmed that 40,067 customers had their service disconnected last year due to non-payment. The company said that is less than three percent of its 1.3 million residential customers. SDG&E also confirmed that its disconnect rate has increased by .54 percent since 2014, but noted that its customer base has grown by approximately four percent in that time period.

The company noted that 89 percent of disconnected customers eventually had their service restored.

SDG&E told NBC 7 that it, "work(s) with customers one-on-one and at length" to avoid shut-offs for non-payment, and "…will only disconnect service after all avenues of resolution have been exhausted."

<![CDATA[Teen Safe Driving Week Highlights Dangers of Distracted Driving]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:47:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/216*120/teendr.jpg

This week parents, law enforcement, schools and businesses are teaming up to remind young drivers how dangerous a minor distraction can be when they’re behind the wheel. 

According to statistics compiled by law enforcement agencies and insurance companies, 16 year-old drivers have higher crash rates than any other age.

Findings also show a third of teen deaths are caused by car crashes.

October 15 – 21 is National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Thus, law enforcement agencies and safety advocates are working together to educate teenagers about road safety.  

NBC 7 spoke with Jakeb Ford, a graduate of Granite Hills High School.

Ford said a driver safety course he took while attending high school left a strong impression on him, and made him more cautious of his driving habits.

He also recognizes distracting driving takes many forms.

“I fall victim to distracted driving,” said Ford. “In ways of just searching what song to play next on my phone. I’m not even texting anyone.”

Local authorities explained parents have a strong influence on how their kids drive.

“As a parent you want to model good behavior,” said Lieutenant Chris Steffen, with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department (SDSO). “So you just need to tell them what you would do as an ideal parent, expect that out of your teen driver. No cell phones.”

AT&T is also taking part in the effort to save lives.

“In interviews we have done with teens, 97 percent of teens will tell us that they know that driving and using their phones is something that’s not safe,” said Ignacio De La Torro, Assistant Vice President at AT&T. “Yet 43 percent of those teens do it.”

De La Torro said AT&T is holding events at high schools across the country, in partnership with various agencies, to educate students about safe driving, and "hopefully remind people that it doesn’t take a lot to put your phone away and simply wait.”

SDSO also offers a “Start Smart” program for teenagers and parents. The course goes over good driving habits, and also shows videos that highlight the consequences of bad driving decisions.

<![CDATA[Ex-Husband of Missing Retired Army Capt. Arrested: Family]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:21:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/9-7-17-Julia+Jacobson+SDPD.jpg

The ex-husband of a retired United States Army captain, who has been missing since September from San Diego, has been arrested, the woman's family confirmed to NBC 7 Monday.

Ontario police said they believe 37-year-old Julia Jacobson was murdered based on the forensic analysis of her car.

Julia was last heard from on Sept. 2 around 9:30 p.m., when she sent a text message to a friend saying she was traveling from Big Bear to Palm Springs with another friend, according to investigators with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD).

But her actual location when that message was sent is unknown.

That same day, Julia was last seen in person inside her company car at the corporate offices of 7-Eleven on Aero Drive in Kearny Mesa.

San Diego police said Julia was spotted with her dog on surveillance video in Ontario on the night of Sept. 2. 

Ontario police confirmed Monday, Dalen Larry Ware, Julia's ex-husband, had been arrested in Laveen, Arizona. He was later transferred to the San Bernardino County West Valley Detention Center.

Ware will be booked for murder, Ontario police said. They do not believe Jacobson or her dog, Boogie, are alive.

Police said the remains of Julia or her dog have not been found.

Julia's family had arrived in San Diego after her disappearance to search for her. 

Her brother Jon Jacobson, who lives in North Dakota, had told NBC 7 in a previous interview that he could see "red flags" in the case. 

Monday, in a post on a Facebook page, Julia's family thanked family, friends and complete strangers who had "come together" to help find Julia.

The family wrote:

"The loss of Julia is beyond words. There will be no more birthday parties, backyard gatherings, holiday celebrations or other family activities to share. The laughter, hugs, guidance and our sense of security are forever gone and our family’s hearts will be forever broken."

On Sept. 7, her car was found abandoned on Monroe Avenue in University Heights, east of Texas Street, about a half-mile away from her home.

In a previous interview, Julia’s family had told NBC 7 the car was found with its windows rolled down, at different levels, and the keys still in the ignition. Julia’s black handbag was found inside, unzipped and with hardly anything in it.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Ontario Police Department at 909-986-6711, Detective Ruben Espinoza at 909-395-2894 or Detective Brant Devey at 909-395-2715.

Please check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Otay Ranch's First Hotel Opens]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:01:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Marriott-Otay-Ranch.jpg

The Marriott Residence Inn Chula Vista, built by Baldwin & Sons in Otay Ranch, opened to the public Oct. 13 with a formal grand opening slated for Oct. 19.

The 148-room Marriott at 2005 Centerpark Road is the first hotel in Otay Ranch, with 102,000 square feet of space on 3.3 acres with 157 parking spaces for visitors.

Amenities includes a swimming pool, spa, meeting/conference room, sport court, fitness room, breakfast buffet and dining room, lounge/social area, outdoor BBQs, outdoor patio and fire pit area, lobby with fireplace, guest laundry, a self-service market, and free Wi-Fi.

“The time is right for a new hotel in Chula Vista to accommodate the growing demand for hospitality services in the region,” said Al Baldwin, founder and CEO of Baldwin & Sons. “The Marriott Residence Inn brand provides a consistent and quality overnight experience for both business travelers and vacationers and we are proud to bring this important offering to Otay Ranch by Baldwin & Sons.”

The Marriott Residence Inn Chula Vista will serve travelers coming from the newly completed Cross Border Express (CBX), an enclosed pedestrian skywalk bridge exclusively for Tijuana Airport passengers who cross the U.S./Mexico border as part of their trip.

It also will serve people visiting the Chula Vista Elite Athletic Training Center, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Aquatica San Diego, and Southwestern College.

Visitor demand is also expected from the nearby U.S. military as well as the shipbuilding business activity located at the 32nd Street Naval Station.

The hotel is 15 miles from downtown San Diego within the Otay Ranch development, a pedestrian-friendly, 23,000-acre planned community. It is adjacent to the Otay Ranch Town Center.


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<![CDATA[Former Trump Adviser Subpoenaed for Russia Investigation]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:58:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16190594804151.jpg

Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page has been subpoenaed as part of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russia's alleged intervention in the 2016 election, a source directly familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The committee expects Page to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to answer questions, the source said. Page previously said he would participate in a hearing.

Page, who has repeatedly denied any inappropriate ties to Russia, has drawn scrutiny for meeting with the former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Republican National Convention last year.

On Nov. 1, the committee has scheduled an open hearing with social media giants including Twitter, Facebook and Google.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Net Worth Plummets on Forbes Richest List]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:48:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/831967292-Charlottesville-Trump-Press-Conference.jpg

Donald Trump has lost about $600 million since becoming president, at least according to the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans, NBC News reported.

His 92-spot plummet to No. 248 leaves him tied with 27-year-old Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel on the list, out Tuesday. They both have an estimated $3.1 billion.

Trump's wealth has long been a source of contention — he's claimed to be worth $10 billion — but Forbes said it spent months digging through financial disclosure forms and property records and interviewed dozens of people as well.

Trump's wealth took a dip due to "a weakening in the New York City retail and office real estate market," according to a press release.

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<![CDATA[Poll Linked to Scaramucci Questions Holocaust Deaths]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:17:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/foto+anthony+scaramucci+wh+comm+director.jpg

A Twitter account linked to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci's tweeted out a poll Tuesday questioning how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. 

The tweet, from The Scaramucci Post, gave four options and asks: "How many Jews were killed in the Holocaust?"

The poll was quickly pulled after backlash and reports it had not been cleared by Scaramucci who was traveling. Lance Laifer, described as a former hedge fund manager from Long Island in a GQ profile, accepted responsibility for the poll.

The Scaramucci Post is a new media venture fronted by the former White House communications director. Last month he posted of the venture on his social media and encouraged followers to follow its Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Although the poll was pulled there was swift rebuke from those who labeled it anti-Semitic.

"This Twitter poll on the Holocaust was beyond offensive," wrote Anti-Defamation League director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. "Good to see it taken down. Should not have been posted in the first place."

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<![CDATA[Dow Touches 23,000 for First Time, Closes at Record]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:24:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/wallstreetGettyImages-521353416.jpg

The Dow Jones industrial average notched yet another milestone on Tuesday morning, breaking the 23,000 mark for the first time, a record high, CNBC reported.

The 30-stock index was buoyed by better-than-expected results from UnitedHealth Group and Johnson & Johnson. The Dow dropped back under 23,000 as trading continued. It closed at 22,997.

The index has been on a strong run of late, beating 22,000 points in early August.

"Those big, round numbers are getting easier to reach on the Dow on a percentage basis," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities. "That's great because every time we get a milestone like that, it seems like Mainstream America pays more attention to financial markets."

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<![CDATA[Police Chief, Sheriff Meet With Community]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:13:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Community-meeting-101617.jpg

NBC 7 Greg Bledsoe reports on how local law enforcement leaders are attempting to calm the community regarding the implementation of the California Values Act

<![CDATA[Harriette Thompson, 94, Record-Holding Marathoner Has Died]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:13:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Harriette-Thompson-Marathoner-2017.jpg

A nonagenarian who set a world record as the oldest woman to complete a full marathon has died, her family confirmed in a published report.

Harriette Thompson, 94, smiled and laughed as she crossed the finish line at the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Diego in June.

With her finish, Thompson became the oldest woman to run a half-marathon.

"I guess it's unusual, but I don't know why people make such a big deal," Thompson said at the time. "I feel just like I did when I was 16. But I just can’t move as fast."

In 2015, Thompson broke the world record as the oldest woman to complete a full marathon.

The Charlotte Observer reported Monday Thompson died in hospice after suffering an injury in a fall on Oct. 6.

Thompson, a cancer survivor, used her love of running to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Through the years, she raised $100,000 for the organization. She raised $15,000 in 2017 alone.

In June, when she completed the Rock n' Roll marathon with a time of 3 hours, 42 minutes, Thompson was most pleased that she did it surrounded by members of her family.

"I enjoyed running across the finish line," Thompson said. "That’s always the biggest thing. And I really enjoyed having my family with me."

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Attempted Rescue Off Carlsbad State Beach]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:57:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carlsbad-State-Beach-Drowning.jpg

A man, who was found unconscious in the water off Carlsbad State Beach Saturday, was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, according to an official with California State Parks.

The man, described as 47 years old, had been seen in the water earlier according to Lt. Justin McHenry.

Just after 2:30 p.m., the man’s body washed ashore near Tower 32. The area was not guarded at the time, McHenry said.

An NBC 7 user witnessed the attempt to save the man’s life. Beachgoers pulled the person from the water and conducted CPR and other life-saving measures, said the user who identified himself as Dean K.

Carlsbad Fire Chief Michael Davis confirmed the man was found floating in the water and was pulled out. 

McHenry said bystanders called 911 and that lifeguards assisted at the scene.

The man was rushed to Tri-City Hospital where he was pronounced dead, McHenry said.

The state parks official added that a health issue may have led to the man’s death. A coroner’s report will have more details, McHenry said.

Photo Credit: Dean K.]]>